Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 13, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020
February 13, 2020 SAVING FOR THE FUTURE
In life, we treasure many things. We may treasure our children, our bodies, or our friends. We may treasure our things, our money, or our homes. If we want to know what someone treasures the most we can find out be watching their lifestyle. We can look at our bank accounts to see where we spend most of our money and quickly find out who or what we put first in life. Our actions, time and money will point us to what we focus on most. But God tells us not to store our treasures on earth because we can’t take them with us when we die. We are to store our treasures in Heaven. How do we do that? By following God’s word, giving and sharing with others, and seeking ways to share His word.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” (NLT)
1. Write what your treasures are.
2. List the ways you spend your money and your time.
3. Know God wants you to store your treasures in heaven.
4. Seek ways to give to others and share with those in need.
Dear Lord, help us to honestly see where we are storing our treasures. We know we can’t grow spiritually and build a firm foundation in You if we are storing up the things of the world. We can’t focus on You and the world at the same time. Help us to remember the things of the earth are only temporary. Show us where we can give and give generously to those in need. Help us to act on opportunities to store our treasures in heaven as You have called us to do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We are to store our treasures in heaven. Whatever we focus on most is our treasure and God knows what it is. It is time we honestly looked at what or who we focus on most.
Matthew 6:19-21 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (NLT)
If we want to store our treasures in heaven and obey God, we are to give to those in need.
Luke 12:33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.” (NLT)
We are called to share what we have with others and with those in need.
Acts 2:44-45 “And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” (NLT)